Carl Jung (1875 to 1961, born and died in Switzerland) was a pioneer in the field of psychoanalysis. He developed the concepts of the collective unconscious, archetypes, introversion and extroversion, and the complex.
Emma Rauschenbach Jung (1892 to 1955, born and died in Switzerland was from a very wealthy family. She assisted her husband in his work.
Labyrinths Emma Jung, Her Marriage to Carl and the Early Years of Pschoanalysis by Catrine Clay is a book that anyone interested in the theories of C. G. - Carl - Jung and the history of psychoanalysis will enjoy. His wife Emma came from a very rich Swiss family, Jung was from a working class background, supporting himself working long hours in an mental hospital when he married Emma. She became heavily involved in his work, helping him write patient reports. They lived, as was customary in the hospital. Jung began his word association examinations to delve into the psyche of his patients. Jung was a very handsome and charismatic doctor and female patients fell in love with him. Clay is not real explicit but it seems Jung probably violated 21th century rules on patient contact. This caused friction in his marriage. It was interesting to learn about life and work in the mental hospital.
When a woman married, control of her money went to her husband. Jung relished the life style Emma's money provided. We learn a lot about the social customs of the period. Clay also tells us a lot about Jung's relationship with Sigmund Freud.
Emma despised the infidelities of Jung but she endured them. We follow them on their trips to America and all over Europe as Jung's fame grows.
Clay explicates some of Jung's theories on the collective unconscious, archetypes and touches on his relationship to Nazism. Jung was in no way a supporter of the Nazis but his theories could be used to suggest the ethos of the Germans gave rise from racial archetypes to a Furher figure.
This is a well written book. It should be read as advertised, as a story of a marriage.
Years ago I read Clay's King, Kaiser, and Czar, about three cousin who were the regal heads of Europe when World War One began, a good work of popular history.
Catrine Clay has worked for the BBC for over twenty years, directing and producing award-winning television documentaries. She won the International Documentary Award, the Golden Spire for Best History Documentary, and was nominated for a BAFTA. She is the author of King Kaiser Tsar and Trautmann’s Journey, which won the Best Sports Biography of the Year, and was runner-up in the William Hill Sports Book Prize. She is married with three children, and lives in London.
I recommend this book to anyone interested in Jung, the history of psychoanalysis and anyone wants to learn about the wife behind the famous man. It can also be read as a social history of married life in the period.
I was given a review copy of this book.